Agreements End Federal Teacher Testing Fraud Case

Aug 20, 2014

Prosecutors say four people caught in a teacher certification test fraud scheme have agreed to stop teaching, ending the federal case involving a long-running scam that affected students in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

The U.S. attorney's office in West Tennessee said Tuesday that Janett Dixon, of Northport, Alabama; Corey Holmes, of Metcalfe, Mississippi; Charles Ray Lee, of Magee, Mississippi; and Nia Kimble-Harris of Memphis are four of 40 teachers who have received diversion agreements for their participation in the test fraud scheme led by Clarence Mumford.

Mumford, a longtime educator, pleaded guilty in February 2013 to arranging for people to take - and pass - Praxis certification tests on behalf of aspiring teachers in the three states. The teachers then used the scores to get jobs in public schools.